Technical workshops


One of the two operational objectives of the INTEGRE project has been to strengthen regional cooperation in integrated coastal zone management. In response, numerous activities were carried out during the four years of the project.

Hence, 12 regional workshops were organized during the project period. Eight workshops on "technical/sectoral" themes chosen by the territories (sustainable tourism, waste management, participatory fisheries management, organic farming, environmental assessment, etc.) and four more "methodological" (launch workshop, ICZM plan, programming of the 11th EDF, etc.). These workshops aimed to strengthen the bond between the OCTs by sharing experiences related to the INTEGRE project implementation. With a budget of nearly 800,000 euros, these workshops have brought together 537 people who sometimes participated in several workshops. A total of 24 Pacific countries and territories, regional organizations and European countries were mobilized.

Main points to remember from these workshops :

  • Almost 59% of the people were participating for the first time in a regional cooperation action ;
  • Participants came primarily to discover new practices without specific expectations (70%), expand their professional network (60%), or acquire specific information (60%) ;
  • These workshops have strengthened regional partnerships since 65% of the participants have reconnected with people they met during these exchanges and 44% of the participants have undertaken actions on their territory following the workshops or intend to do so.


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This launching workshop was held at SPC headquarters in Nouméa from February 18 to 20, 2014 and brought together about forty participants : departments in charge of each of the pilot sites, experts in integrated management and different important sectors in the Pacific Islands (waste, agriculture, fisheries, maritime transport...), NGOs.

Through presentations, exchange sessions and workshops in small groups, the services involved were able to acquire a greater knowledge of their respective issues, share their vision of the INTEGRE project, and benefit from the feedback of the experts present, as well as information on existing regional networks and expertise available in the field of sustainable development.

The results and lessons learned from this workshop are synthesized in the summary report of this launch workshop (in French)

Workshops presentations (in French) :



This workshop was held from February 23 to 27, 2014 in Papeete under the theme "integrated management and sustainable tourism".

In total, 59 people participated in this workshop :

  • Local actors from each of the four OCTs, and also from other countries in the area, sharing their experience (such as Hawaii or Fiji): GIE Tahiti tourism, GIE Bora-Bora activities,
  • National or international groups, in particular the South Pacific Tourism organisation (SPTO), the network of French CCIs, specialised EIGs in the countries concerned, UNESCO, Earth-Check Asia-Pacific...
  • Experts having worked on the subject and being able to share their analyses, or having supported experiences which they can share: Griffith University (Australia), University of New Caledonia, Archipelagoes (French Polynesia), National parks of France...

It enabled participants to exchange knowledge and know-how, provide expert solutions to stakeholders' questions and, ultimately, suggest guidelines for decision-makers. It has notably been used as part of the development of the sectoral policy financed by the 11th territorial EDF in the framework of the development of the sectoral policy financed by the 11th territorial EDF.

The concept of "sustainable tourism" is based on the three pillars of sustainable development: it is a tourism that contributes to the development of host populations and territories while contributing to the challenges of the 21st century: the fight against climate change, the protection of biodiversity and fragile environments and the fight against human rights violations.

Based on case studies drawn from the experience of each of INTEGRE's OCT actors, the following four central themes were addressed :

  • Developing tourism on an island from scratch by taking into account its specific environmental, social and economic features: how to enhance the country or region by ensuring harmonious development, positive benefits for the community and the sustainability of projects?
  • Managing cruise ship arrivals: how to take advantage of these massive inflows of foreign currency and preserve the quality of the sites?
  • Acknowledgement and enhancement of history and culture: how not only to preserve them, but also to make them a force?
  • Large-scale project design and management: how to welcome a large number of visitors while respecting the three pillars of sustainable development?

In addition, testimonies from the OCTs and other countries in the region and experts were able to share their analyses. Several discussion sessions were held in connection with the themes of professional membership and available tools (round table), coastal and marine issues, community involvement..

The results and lessons learned from this workshop are summarised in the report Sustainable Tourism and Integrated Management in the Pacific.

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Case studies specifications

Workshops presentations (in French) :

Atelier plan de GIZC 2015

This workshop was held from September 28 to October 01, 2015, in Nouméa and under the theme "the elaboration and implementation of participatory management plans".

Bringing together 31 participants from New Caledonia, French Polynesia and Wallis and Futuna, its objectives were :

  • Obtain feedback on the different phases linked to an integrated management plan
  • Provide concrete support to the specific situations of each INTEGRE site in order to maximize the chances of success of the current management plans
  • Contribute to the informal existence of a network of French Pacific Territory Managers
  • Start the capitalization of the INTEGRE project on integrated coastal zone management plans

The group discussions and their analysis made it possible to identify the main elements of of the dynamic that gradually led to the development and implementation of integrated coastal zone management plans.

The results and lessons learned from this workshop are summarized in the report Elaboration et mise en oeuvre des plans de gestion participatifs (in French)

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This workshop was held from April 18 to 22, 2016 in Nouméa under the theme "waste management".

The issue of waste in the Pacific area

The small Pacific island states and countries, due to their social, economic and ecological characteristics (isolation, small size, remoteness, low human resources, population density...) face their own waste management challenges.

Proper waste management is a major challenge for the sustainable development of Pacific Island Countries and Territories (PICTs) due to the impact of poor waste management on the environment, as well as on public health, water quality, fisheries, agriculture, tourism and quality of life in general.

Themes addressed during the workshop

This technical workshop provided an opportunity to share and analyse waste management experiences in Pacific countries to help them identify effective and self-sufficient waste management systems that protect public health and the environment, while stimulating economic growth.

The technical workshop provided feedback as well as concrete collective work to enable participants to make progress on the following topics :

  • Legislation and governance
  • Waste management systems: financial and economic considerations
  • Special and hazardous waste
  • Involvement of populations in waste reduction and management and awareness-raising actions
  • Landfills

It thus enabled experts from the waste sector from English-speaking and French-speaking OCTs to exchange information and experience on the technical, legal and financial issues surrounding the strengthening of waste prevention and management. The 43 participants (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Fiji, Samoa, Micronesia, SPREP) were able to share and analyse best practices in this area. The workshop also strengthened networks and cooperation on waste management at both local and regional levels.

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The results and lessons learned from this workshop are summarized in the report Regional Technical Workshop on Waste Management

Workshops presentations (in French) :

Atelier ERC

This workshop was held from November 06 to 08, 2016 in Fiji under the theme "Environmental Assessment and Avoid, Reduce, Offset".

Bringing together 56 participants from the Pacific region and organized with the RESCCUE project and SPREP, it was composed of one day of training and two days of workshop.

The training day on the ARO sequence and ecological compensation was intended to gather government and administration staff, NGOs and donors/lenders involved in the ERC sequence in Oceania.

This workshop was an opportunity to acquire :

  • Practical knowledge of the ARO sequence, including ecological compensation and international best practices ;
  • A good knowledge of the status of the ARO sequence and its possibilities at national and regional levels ;
  • Extensive experience with ARO sequencing policies and practices in the region and globally.

It allowed sharing between participants, notably on the ARO sequence and ecological compensation, on approaches aiming at regulating and encouraging the ARO sequence, on the principles and good practices of ecological offset, on the safeguard measures of lenders, on national offset frameworks, on the conditions favourable to effective ARO mechanisms and to set up groups to elaborate a national ARO sequence policy.

The results and lessons learned from this workshop are summarized in the reports :

Mitigation hierarchy and biodiversity offsets in the Pacific : A review

Provisional roadmaps for strengthening mitagation huierarchy and offsets in the Pacific

Report on Biodiversity Mitigation Hierarchy training day and roadmap workshop.

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This workshop was held from April 10 to 13, 2017 in Papeete, under the theme “Sharing lagoon-fisheries participatory-management experience in Polynesia".

The objectives of this workshop that gathered more than 60 participants (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Cook Islands, Hawaii, New Zelande, Fiji, Easter island, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu) were to :

  • Share experiences of participatory fisheries management, particularly in Polynesian countries ;
  • Explore the establishment of national and regional mutual assistance networks between fishing communities, technicians and experts ;
  • Develop protocols and recommendations for the participatory management of lagoon fishing in French Polynesia ;
  • Elaborate a message to the Polynesian Leaders Group on the importance of lagoon fishing for the populations and the opportunities for regional collaboration in this field.

Lessons learned by French Polynesia during the workshop :

The first objective of this workshop was to gather Polynesian co-management experiences in order to support the Direction des Ressources Marines et Minières (DRMM) de Polynésie française in the implementation of this recently initiated approach. At the end of the workshop, the DRMM presented the lessons learned from the 4 days of meetings and exchanges.

Regarding the concrete implementation of participatory fisheries management, five major stages have been proposed, each of which involves issues to which the most pragmatic answers must be given :

  1. Definition of actors or of the community : The main challenge of good resource management is the management of the human factor.
  2. Planning : The challenge is to define objectives and formalized measures with the right method and the right tools.
  3. Implementation : The main challenge is to set the limit of participation according to the will and skills of the communities and the human, financial and regulatory means of the administration.
  4. Monitoring, evaluation, adaptation : The point is to focus on the essential and not on exhaustiveness.
  5. Networking : The challenge here is to achieve a change of scale. The network is not so important if the number of sites is very small.

All the experiences shared on the implementation of co-management of lagoon fishing in Polynesian countries, some of which began almost 20 years ago, show that it is an appropriate approach for the Pacific context. Indeed, it allows local knowledge to be considered, to leave the choice of their management to the communities and finally to make them responsible in its implementation. Several experiments mention significant results in terms of resource stocks with observed or perceived increases but also a better appropriation of the environmental issue, the ecosystems' functioning and the factors that threaten them by the communities.

Based on the discussions held during the workshop, a proposal for a declaration addressed to the Polynesian leaders group was drafted and validated by all the representatives of Polynesian countries present at the workshop. This declaration recalls the need to implement and therefore devote the necessary means to local, participatory and shared management of lagoon resources in order to contribute to the food security of the populations. It also encourages greater cooperation between Polynesian countries.

The results and lessons learned from this workshop are summarized in the report on sharing lagoon-fisheries participatory-management experience in Polynesia

Cédric Ponsonnet - Les enjeux de la gestion communautaire des pêches en Polynésie française - Cloture de l'Atelier

Jean Brice Herrenchmit - Quel soutien par les politiques publiques des processus de gestion participative des pêches côtières et lagonaires - Synthèse de l'Atelier

Workshops presentations : 

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Atelier Agribio

These workshops on the theme "Regional Technical Exchanges of Organic Agriculture" were organized by the Chamber of Agriculture of New Caledonia and its partners in the territories.

They were held :

These workshops allowed exchanges on the following themes in particular :

- Theme 1 : Soil fertility

- Theme 2 : Pest control

- Theme 3 : Organic seed and plant production

These regional workshops brought together territorial service technicians, representatives of chambers of agriculture and professionals. They were part of the "Organic Pilot Farm Network" program, which included three components :

  • Thematic Research-Action modules within the framework of an "organic" pilot farm network ;
  • Training of farmers, agricultural entrepreneurs and technicians ;
  • Networking at local and regional level of the knowledge produced, in particular through the organisation of three annual regional meetings.

Within the framework of this programme, whose objectives were to improve technical knowledge of organic farming and to disseminate it in the OCTs and the region as well as to promote and develop organic farming, these workshops were a major asset enabling numerous exchanges between the participants who widely praised their richness and quality.

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 Atelier 11eme FED

This workshop was held from March 29 to 31, 2017 in Nouméa, at SPCs headquarters, under the theme "The programming of the 11th EDF".

Gathering 42 participants from New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, and Pitcairn, this workshop had the following objectives :

  • Prioritise the sub-themes mentioned in the document submitted to the European Union, according to the expected impacts ;
  • Consider ways to overcome the D + 3 ;
  • Validate the project implementation principles.

In the framework of programming, the Regional Authorising Officer (RAO - New Caledonia) suggested organising a regional workshop to enable the four OCTs to discuss and work together between the formulation and identification phase taking into the lessons learned from the INTEGRE project.

Indeed, the programming document had been submitted to the Quality Support Group, composed of EU officials whose role is to approve the content of the documents for the validation of the project. The workshop was therefore designed to support the formulation of the project in detail with its actions, implementation method and budget.

The results and lessons learned from this workshop are summarised in the conclusions of the 11th Regional EDF programming workshop for the Pacific OCTs (in French)

Programming workshop of the 11th Territorial EDF - Presentation made by the INTEGRE team on the lessons learned within the framework of the project

Programming workshop of the 11th Territorial EDF - Lessons learned from the INTEGRATED project

Atelier Participation Public

This workshop, organized in collaboration with the RESCCUE project, was held on December 04 and 05, 2017 in Nouméa, at SPC headquarters, under the theme "Public participation in environmental management and decision-making".

Participatory approaches are at the heart of the implementation of INTEGRE and RESCCUE projects, from the identification of issues and needs to the development and implementation of the resulting action plans and integrated coastal zone management. In this context, this workshop was held with the aim of providing feedback on the INTEGRE and RESCCUE projects and identifying possible "good practices" and specific Oceania features both in terms of opportunities to be seized and challenges to be met.

Bringing together more than 100 participants from the region (New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Fiji, Vanuatu...), this workshop allowed exchanges on four themes :

  • Integrating participation into public environmental policies in the Pacific
  • The actors of participation
  • Capacities for participation
  • Evaluation of participation

At the end of these two days of workshop, we can retain some strong ideas, referring to lessons and / or ways of progress to improve participation in the Pacific :

  • Integration of participation in public policies: the importance of the right as a marker of the will of public authorities to make public participation effective; the question of the sincerity of the power to actually apply this right; the intermediary role of customary structures, both relays and locks of participation.
  • The participation actors: the participation does not only challenge the power but also the administrative organization; the governance bodies can be evolutionary; there is a close link between the way in which one poses a problem to solve and the way in which one defines the actors to associate to its resolution; risk of saturation of the actors.
  • The skills to be mobilised: striking a balance between one's "know-how" in project management and one's "know-how-how"; political regulation is at the heart of the facilitator's job.
  • Participation evaluation: evaluating participation is not the same as evaluating a programme, a plan or a project. its political dimension implies, as is done in the evaluation of public policies, identifying the political reasoning underlying it.

The results and lessons learned from this workshop are summarized in the report Regional workshop: Public participation in environmental management and decision-making

The workshop program (in French)

Attendance list

Workshops presentations (in French) :

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Tuesday December 5th





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This closing workshop of the INTEGRE project was held from December 6 to 8, 2017 in Nouméa, at SPC headquarters, and gathered 120 participants from New Caledonia, French Polynesia, Wallis and Futuna, Pitcairn, SPREP and FIP.

Since 2013, the INTEGRE project has enabled the implementation of concrete management actions in territories: nine pilot sites were used for experiments or to strengthen sustainable development projects based on integrated management and involving local stakeholders.

At regional level, INTEGRE has organised and supported numerous cooperation actions in the field of sustainable development, for example by organising thematic regional workshops and bilateral exchanges, by financing studies of regional interest or by facilitating the involvement of the OCTs in regional events.

The operational implementation of the project ended in January 2018, the workshop's objectives were therefore :

  • To assess 4 years of action and share the successes of the project ;
  • To reflect collectively on the success factors and weaknesses of the INTEGRE project ;
  • To identify the ways of perpetuating the activities supported by the project.

The voice was given to the actors of the territories so that everyone could tell their experience with INTEGRE. It was about sharing the visions (political and technical) of the different partners (EU, project leaders, beneficiaries...), sharing local experiences or regional cooperation, in order to feed the capitalization report of the INTEGRE project.

The workshop was organised in 4 main sequences: the first one to evaluate regional cooperation, INTEGRE being a project financed under the regional budget of the 10th EDF; the second one to present the project's main experiences; the third one on the capitalization of the project by the territories themselves and finally the last one on a general round table to evaluate the project and outline the prospects for the territories in terms of sustainable environmental management.

The words of the actors to summarize the INTEGRE project: Together, Respect, Volontarism, Sharing, Collaborations, Exchanges, Win-win, Dare, Oceania, Participatory, Thank you, Adapted, Human.

The results and lessons learned from this workshop are summarized in the report of the INTEGRE Closing Workshop (in French)

The workshop program (in French)

Attendance list

The territorial funding questionnaire (in French)

The questionnaire for evaluating regional cooperation actions (in French)

Presentations made during the workshop (in French) :

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The project has therefore organized 12 regional workshops in 4 years :

  • 8 workshops on "technical/sectoral" themes chosen by the territories (sustainable tourism, waste management, participatory fisheries management, organic farming, environmental assessment, etc.) and 4 more "methodological" (launch workshop, ICZM plan, programming of the 11th EDF, etc.) ;
  • Budget : 800 000 euros ;
  • 537 people participated, sometimes in several workshops - across the small Pacific territories, this number is very large ;
  • 24 Pacific countries and territories, regional organizations, and European countries ;
  • 11 workshops out of 12 were interpreted.

It should be noted that the "pollution and sanitation" workshop planned in Walis and Futuna was cancelled, after validation by COPIL to allow budget reallocations.

Excluding the "Agribio" workshops, the total amount devoted to the workshops is therefore 647,757 euros, or an average of 72,000 euros per workshop.

Concerning regional workshops :

  • Participants came primarily to discover new practices without specific expectations (70%), expand their professional network (60%) or acquire specific information (60%). They were much less likely to go there to engage in cooperation or develop partnerships (29%). These objectives appear to have been achieved.

These workshops were useful for them because :

  • 65% of participants reconnected with people they met ;
  • 44% of participants have taken action on their territory following the workshops or intend to do so.

For more details, consulte Activity statement : REG - C1.1 Organisation d'ateliers régionaux

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